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. interesting. we're going to check back with you later. >>> still ahead, crime and punishment in a small texas town. the new police chief discovered an unexpected enemy in the fight against drug cartels, corruption within his own ranks. >>> also tonight, a jury recommending death for the man convicted in that deadly home invasion. what the family of his victims is saying tonight when we continue. >>> crime and punishment tonight, a federal gunrunning operation called fast and furious, it was the focus of a heating investigation in which eric holder was accused of withholding information and called for heads to roll. take a look. >> my committee just next door was systemically lied to by your own representatives. there is a high likelihood an individual was deliberately duped, but he was duped by people who still work for you today. still work for you today. >> that was congressman issa. he didn't stop there. listen. >> there has been an attempt to find scapegoats. many of the people have been pointed to do share in the blame. but mr. attorney general, the blame must go to your desk and you mus
of people. this was after a football game in texas. you see the effort going on there to try to stop this runaway cart. they finally did. questions this morning about why it was going on its own in the first place. >>> also, many of you need to be prepping for a major winter storm that's expected to drop up to 15 inches of snow. our reynolds wolf is all over this. he'll be along in a moment. >>> it started as shock and awe nearly nine years ago. it's ended with sand and dust on a desert highway headed into kuwait. the last convoy of u.s. troops has left iraq. watch. [ horn ] >> a much different scene from the shock and awe that we saw of nine years ago almost. the pictures from overnight, cover of darkness going through the middle of the desert. about 500 u.s. service members from ft. hood, texas, traveling. about 110 military vehicles made a five-hour nighttime trip from camp adder into kuwait. the route was cleared of any roadside bombs by the first elements of the convoy. navy, air force, and marine aircraft covered the pull-out from above. at the border crossing, cnn caught up wi
of it texas, the texas congressman, and michele bachmann, the congresswoman from minnesota, rick santorum and rick perry going after gingrich to a degree. it seemed he had pretty much an answer for almost every attack. i think a lot of people are saying that newt gingrich really did no harm to his frontrunner status in the debate. fred? >> and so paul, what about mitt romney? wanting to bet 10,000 bucks, $10,000, any backlash? >> yeah. you know, i saw you played a little bit of that sound with that he gave to rick perry. the texas governor said no, he wouldn't take the bet. it was over whether romney really in his book "no apologies" whether written about support for a mandate, individual mandate, on health care reform. people are saying that maybe the bet did backfire because $10,000, a lot of money to the average person this state or basically anywhere in the united states for a person like romney, multimillion air trying to relate to the average person, maybe betting $10,000 not the wisest thing. republicans and especially democrats are already attacks romney on that bet. we'll see if
. still ahead, crime and punishment in a small texas town. the new police chief discovered an unexpected enemy in the fight against drug cartels, corruption within his own ranks. also tonight, a jury recommending death for the man convicted in that deadly home invasion with the family of his victims is saying tonight when we continue. get the technology they love, on the network they deserve. like the powerful droid charge by samsung, or get the samsung stratosphere, and for a limited time, get twice the data for the same low price. verizon. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of a pain free holiday. ♪ this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. whoa. whoa. how do you top great vacations? whoa. getting twice the points on great vacations. whoa! use chase sapphire preferred and now get two times the points on travel, and two times the points on dining and no foreign transaction fees. whoa! chase sapphire preferred. a card of a different color. apply now at chasesapphire.com/preferred they won't be beat. oh, actually... then i'd be like, you ru
paul. he says he'll ring in the new year at home in texas. >>> two fresh faces you will see in iowa, cnn's political editor paul steinhauser and political director mark preston. they are both out at our forward operating base in des moines. paul, it's down to the last few hours there. good to see you with that beautiful backdrop behind you. break it down for me, what is the logic behind the two front-runner strategies, is ron paul heading back to texas this weekend? mitt romney not leading after spending a whole lot of time in iowa in the first place. >> good question. that's surprising to people. there's the state capital behind me. let's start with romney. he was right here yesterday, spent about 24 hours in new hampshire. new hampshire is an important state for him. doing quite well in the polls. when he left yesterday he left campaign keys to his bus in good hands. chris christie, new jersey governor, big surrogate for romney and his wife ann. he's coming right back here. the romney campaign felt we can escape for 12 to 24 hours. we've got top surrogates in the state. you'll see
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today. he's back in texas. and he's going to be spending new year's eve and new year's day with his wife. campaign says ron paul will be right back here monday morning and he will be campaign, his son, senator rand paul of kentucky. one thing about this, it is odd. why wait just two or three days before the caucuses? but you know, you've seen these, e.d. ron paul's supporters here. >> thanks so much for joining us. >>> later this hour, i'll break down the iowa caucuses. be sure to join us. and do you want to hear the candidates? sound bites you can get anywhere. you can flip the channels, get them any place. however, if you really want to hear their positions, how they think, what they've got to say in total, join cnn chief political correspondent candy crowley. she is live in iowa and her show is going to be called the contenders 2012. it comes your way at 2:00 eastern. if you're interested in the political process, this is something you really shouldn't miss. >>> tomorrow night, join anderson cooper at the last minute push for iowa vote. it's countdown to iowa, the final 48 hours. chec
standing in the middle of a football field after a game. this was happening at cowboy stadium in texas. you see they finally get it stopped but a couple of people had to go to the hospital. >>> also, many of you are getting ready for the holidays, getting ready to travel somewhere. some of you need to be getting ready for snow. a major winter storm expected to drop more than a foot of snow in a number of places. reynolds wolf will have the very latest on what you need to know. >>> you'll remember it started with shock and awe for america's long military involvement in iraq is now over. the last convoy left iraq and arrived in kuwait overnight. cnn was at the border crossing for this historic moment. >> it's been in planning for more than a year now. tremendous amount of coordination and synchronization every day but the amount of bases we've closed, redeployed equipment, brought all these troops out, it is quite a accomplishment. >> it is a feeling of elation. it really is. to see what we've accomplished in the last 8 1/2 years and to be part of the last movement out of iraq, hard to put wo
taken place in five states. most of them southern states near where you're from. including texas. texas is well known to be -- in fact may even be the highest in terms of executions for any state in america. so i guess the part of your issue, unless i'm wrong, is that a lot of your brethren that come to watch you presumably would support the death penalty? >> sure, i think so. i think -- i don't know for a fact. but i think many of them -- many people do. and, you know, i just again, i don't know the right answer. it's hard for me to tell someone to be put to death. >> but if you came out particularly in somewhere like texas you, joel osteen, came out and said, enough. i don't think we can continue with this. particularly based on the facts. joel, my problem with the whole death penalty debate are the statistics these days are alarming. over 100 people in america on death row have had their sentences commuted because of new evidence. 17 of them because dna evidence proved they didn't commit the crime. when you hear that, surely you begin to think that this isn't right. and you have a lo
're going to check back with you later. >>> still ahead, crime and punishment in a small texas town. the new police chief discovered an unexpected enemy in the fight against drug cartels, corruption within his own ranks. >>> also tonight, a jury recommending death for the man convicted in that deadly home invasion. what the family of his victims is saying tonight when we continue. whoa. whoa. how do you top great vacations? whoa. getting twice the points on great vacations. whoa! use chase sapphire preferred and now get two times the points on travel, and two times the points on dining and no foreign transaction fees. whoa! chase sapphire preferred. a card of a different color. apply now at chasesapphire.com/preferred nyqui tylenol: me, too. and cougnasal congestion.ers? nyquil:what? tissue box (whispering): he said nasal congestion... nyquil: i heard him. anncr vo: tylenol cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion... nyquil cold & flu doesn't. here's one story. [ regis ] we love to play tennis. as a matter of fact it was joy who taught me how to play tennis. and with it comes s
of rainfall to july where the year-long drought in texas hit its worst month. on top of it, parched landscape. wildfires. over 4 million acres burned. $50 billion worth of losses in terms of agriculture. in august, we shifted gears to the hurricane. hurricane irene, record flooding across the northeast, eastern seaboard. killed 43. billions of dollars in damages. october, it was snow time again. the target was mainly in the northeast. killed 13 people. left 1.6 million without power. many people in connecticut, you remember this, without power for weeks, almost a month in locations. it was basically weather taking people back to the stone age. >> taking them back to their parents' house. i know a lot of folk whose moved out because they didn't have power for weeks. >> rendered helpless because of the elements, in this day and age, all of this technology, still at the mercy of mother nature. >> tempting to move back home. mom does your laundry. >> some good things. >> that's about it. why do you think 2011 was so bad? just coincidence? the trifecta of conditions, was there something else? >> f
of early. we haven't seen a whole lot of them yet. but by this afternoon, it's all going to be texas. dallas is a huge hub for a lot of people to come in. american is the big hub there. it will be tough there. >> chad myers, one of your fellow -- >> great man. bring it on. >> he said in one of the 12 years i've been here at cnn this is one of the best if not the best travel weekends for christmas that i've seen. he said people have it pretty good. no big issues. >> he's right. he really is. other than texas, there's nothing else people can't handle. >> i was trooith to get you to disagree. >> no. take a look at this. this is parts of -- this is albuquerque. look at the snow coming through. it's not just snowflakes. a lot of it is tiny rain drops when he hits the surface. obviously, someone was successful getting through there, but we have had a lot of accidents. we can see more of those. west texas is one of the places where you can have some trouble. perfect scenario where you are a large vehicle, big ee cono line van. still, really no contest. and you love this shot, don't you? >>
. >>> home sweet home. american troops return to ft. hood, texas but this time it is different. we'll explain after the break. [ electronic beeping ] [ male announcer ] still getting dandruff? neutrogena® t/gel shampoo defeats dandruff after just one use. t/gel shampoo. it works. neutrogena®. >>> no one is more grateful for the end of the war in iraq than our soldiers' families. that was clear at ft. hood, texas, as arriving servicemen and women were enthusiastically welcomed home. as chris lawrence explains, they are looking forward to staying on base for a while. >> reporter: hey, don, i know you have seen a lot of these home comings over the years. it just never, ever gets old. in the case of this one, it's very special in that the case of iraq, there's no next time. it's really hard to describe the emotion going on here before the troops arrived. kids were running around, jumping up and down. they had so much excitement, anticipation of the families. it's been a long ten months. and then all of a sudden the smoke starts coming out and the gate rises up and the soldiers come out like roc
around the nation that's an eyesore in terms of travel weather and that is in the beloved state of texas. i love you but the weather is tough. scattered showers along i-35 corridor in houston, some rain there, too. take a look at this. in west texas it's all switching over to snowfall. some could give you whiteout conditions on parts of i-20. zoom in a little more south of lubbock and towards amarillo and abilene -- amarillo is here, abilene closer as we venture in a little more. high elevations in odessa and midland. that's where the snow is heavier. even then only a few inches of snowfall. all things again relative in the rockies. the snow there, inches. snowfall fell several feet within boulder, several hours ago. a lot of die out. this is the snowpack that remains. also snow on the ground in parts of the northeast and western great lakes. as we fast forward into tonight what we anticipate and into tomorrow morning, snow continuing through parts of texas, pacific northwest and into the northern great lakes. that's going to be about it. doesn't look like it's going to be a white christ
candidate on the trail today, texas governor rick perry. we thought he was the front-runner when he jumped into the race back in august. but after slip-ups in the debate, he's seen his numbers drop. he will be across the state today trying to make those final pitches. michele bachmann is going on be campaigning today, the congresswoman from neighboring minnesota. e.d. >> you mentioned a lot of people. two candidates apparently have not made appearances so far in iowa today. who is that? >> yeah. you know what? they're actually the front-runners in iowa according to the latest polls. starting with mitt romney, where was he this morning in last nigh? new hampshire. new hampshire goes second in the primary caucus calendar. he was in hampton this morning reaching out to voters. he's coming back here later today to see the caucuses. while he was gone, he had two high profile surrogates stumping for him here in iowa. his wife and a guy called chris christie. with the other person who is not here and is not here at all this weekend is ron paul, congressman from texas. he's back home. he's going t
. seven people found shot to death in an apartment in grapevine, texas. police say it appears all the victims were related. police say all were shot while in the process of opening christmas gifts, or they just finished doing so. the suspect shooter is one of the seven fatalities. >>> a global think tank targeted in the u.s. was hacked. in a posting, says it stole confidential credit list. among the list of clients, bank of america, lockheed martin and the defense department. >>> thousands poured into st. peter's square to hear the pope's christmas message starting off with the unveiling of a larger than life nativity scene. he prayed for the end of violence in syria and comfort in the philippines. >>> back in action on christmas day. the dallas mavericks raising their championship banner then falling to lebron james and the miami heat 105-94. the king leading the way with 37 points. back in los angeles, kobe bryant and the lakers squared off gu s against the bulls. the bulls won that game 88-87. and carmelo anthony leading new york to a 106-104 victory. knicks winning. how than.
's midsection. blizzard warnings from colorado to new mexico to texas. wind gusts have been clocked at 50 miles per hour and some areas reporting up to 15 inches of snow and a remarkable 200-mile stretch of interstate 40 is now closed from albuquerque to the texas state line. >> this storm is one of the strongest ones i've seen in years, basically because of the wind. >> they told me to turn back. >> let's get the latest on that road closure, shall we? >> reporter for cnn affiliate in albuquerque. the storm is winding down, what about the road conditions? improving at all? >> well, yeah, the road conditions in the metro area in albuquerque proper have actually improved. they're pretty drivable and it's once you get out of the city, you head east, that's where the big mess is. for 14 hours now, 14 hours is what we're going on. the i-40 eastbound lanes from the heart of the city all the way to the texas state line are still shut down. you can see we're here in front of one of the onramps and the gates are still locked, why? because the state police, new mexico d.o.t. says a lot of the roads east
scene at an apartment in texas where the bodies of four women and three men were found. the latest details coming up in about two minutes. stay with us. what is it about taking a first step that we find so compelling? is it because taking a step represents hope? or triumph? at genworth, we believe in taking small steps every day to keep your promises, protect what matters, and prepare for a secure financial future. no matter where you want to go, one step at a time is the only way to get there. go to genworth.com/promises. >>> the joy of christmas morning shot tered by an unspeakable crime in a texas home. a killer dressed in a santa suit according to our affiliate kttv massacred a family after they opened their presents. today autopsies are being done on the seven people found dead. the shooter is thought to be among them according to amber fisher with affiliate kdef. >> reporter: with many neighbors out of town for the holiday, grapevine police are investigating this case with little information. at this time they believe it happen peers to be a family christmas celebration gone
to run from canada down to texas, supposed to create thousands of jobs in this cup. environmentalists have questions about it. we heard from senator mcconnell about it in a moment. let's listen to it and i'll bring you back in. >> i have no idea why it could be called controversial. the labor unions like it, many democrats want it. it strengthens our national security by decreasing the amount of oil we get from unfriendly countries and it wouldn't cost the taxpayers a dime, not a dime. auto private sector project ready to go. all we're doing is saying the president has 60 days to decide whether the project is in the national interests or not, 60 days for the president to make a decision one way or the other. and since most of us have not heard a good reason from the white house as to why they would block it, i'm very hopeful that the president in this course of 6 0 days would do the right thing for the country and get this crucial project under way. >> we hear him there refer to this 60 days. we thought this would be delayed until after next year's elections. so they're certainly movi
of the syrian -- saying they're not seeing the real story. >>> and traveling to mexico after a texas family is gunned down in a holiday massacre. we'll explain. >>> it's 41 minutes after the hour. brad, where we going? just a second. just, just one second. ♪ what are you looking at? don't look up there. why are you looking up? ♪ get outta the car. get outta the car. ♪ are you ok? the... get in the car. get in the car! [ male announcer ] the epa estimated 42 mpg highway chevy cruze eco. from spending time together, to spending your lives together, chevy runs deep. >>> welcome back. >>> the bloody crackdown in syria continues this morning apparently right under the noses of arab lead monitors now in the country. visiting two new towns at center of the uprising. an opposition group says another 39 people were killed yesterday including two children. according to reuters the head of of the arab league says the situation in homs is reassuring so far. so what are they actually being allowed to see? mohammed jamjoom is monitoring from cairo. hello, mohammed. >> reporter: hello, ali. arab lea
of texas. so rick santorum is not shrinking from the fight. he also had a little bit of a shot at mitt romney saying to iowans, don't settle for something less just because you think that is what is going to win in this upcoming general election. so he's starting to sharpen the edges just a little bit. but he's sticking with the retail politics kind of message. he's hoping that's going to deliver him on caucus night, candy. >> jim acosta, i should point out one of the reasons reporters love iowa is that in general, you can show up at an event with a candidate and say, come on over here and talk to me and they actually do. after this, they get much bigger and it's hard to get to them. >> reporter: that's right. that's true. we'll take what we can get. >> thanks so much to jim acosta. you're absolutely right. thank you so much to jim and to joe. >>> coming up, political analyst ron brownsstein joins me to talk more about mitt romney's day. >>> welcome back to "the contenders 2012." we're taking the time this afternoon to let you hear from the 2012 presidential contenders, basically unfil
sweet home. american troops return to ft. hood, texas but this time it is different. we'll explain after the break. this new at&t 4g lte is fast. did you hear sam... ...got promoted to director? so 12 seconds ago. we should get him a present. thanks for the gift basket. you're welcome. you're welcome. did you see hr just sent out new... ...office rules? cause you're currently in violation of 6 of them. oh yeah, baby? ...and 7. did you guys hear that fred is leaving? so 30 seconds ago. [ noisemakers blow ] [ both ] we'll miss you! oh, facecake! there's some leftover cake. [ male announcer ] the new htc vivid. stay a step ahead with at&t 4g lte, with speeds up to 10x faster than 3g. ♪ >>> no one is more grateful for the end of the war in iraq than our soldiers' families. that was clear at ft. hood, texas, as arriving servicemen and women were enthusiastically welcomed home. as chris lawrence explains, they are looking forward to staying on base for a while. >> reporter: hey, don, i know you have seen a lot of these home comings over the years. it just never, ever gets old. in the case of
deaths as it stretches from southeast colorado to northern texas. ten foot high snowdrifts, winds of 50 miles an hour. frigid temperatures are part of this monster storm. any holiday travel in the area that's at a stand still. karen, it seems like a huge storm. you saw some of the images. blizzard conditions spanning from colorado to kansas. how is the storm looking? >> this is a very fast-moving system. it has raced all the way from the four corners region and plowing into the central mississippi river valley. it's taking with it a lot of that moisture. it's getting modified quite a bit. we're starting to see some of the thunderstorms erupting across the leading edge of this system. this is the warm sector. on the northern edge that's where we've seen the snowfall. it has moderated quite a bit. taking a look at some of the pictures, images coming out of kansas, right around hayes, kansas. around interstate 70 going into and out of colorado. interstate 25 as well. through wyoming. very difficult travel here. we did see some blizzard conditions. in some instances the winds were gusting a
from southeast colorado to northern texas. ten-foot high snowdrifts, winds up to 50 miles per hour, frigid temperatures part of the storm. got any holiday travel in the area? that's pretty much at a standstill. cnn meteorologist karen maginnis joins us from from atlanta with the latest. a huge storm, saw some of the images there, blizzard conditions from colorado to kansas. how is the storm looking now? >> this was a very fast-moving system and it is really raced all wait from the four corners region and now it's plowing on into the central mississippi river valley. it's taking with it a lot of the moisture and it's getting modified quite a bit. we're starting to see some of the thunderstorms erupt across the leading edge of the system. this is called the warm sector. on the northern edge of this, that's where we've seen the snowfall. it's moderated quite a bit. taking a look at the pictures, images out of kansas right around hayes, kansas, along interstate 70 going into and out of colorado along interstate 25 as well and through wyoming. very difficult travel here. we did see bliz
lynationally, in texas. >> when you watch governor perry and he's stumbled himself into a tough box. you think what? >> beyond a texan, i'm a texas aggie graduate, i say, rick, take the aggie ring off. maybe it's the orange tie t long horn thing. this is what happens also, i believe, when you get in the case because so many other folks were pushing you and you got in so late. remember, we talked about this with wolf blitzer. i said this is like the nfl draft. you can go number one in the draft. when you put the pads on, it's a whole dimpblt ball game. he's literally turning into the rye leaf and jamarcus russell. great on paper but one of the worst busts possible. it's unbelievable for someone with this much experience to be the governor of texas and then run this bad of a campaign, he might be last man standing. newt is getting arrogant with his comments. he might still be around. but he has to dominate every debate between now and iowa. >> you have a grass roots network. do you hear a lot of perry? >> texas alone we have 22 tho,0 members. texas is a big state for us. they love him. they thin
, congresswoman michele bachmann is due right here in cherokee. and a short time ago, texas governor rick perry campaigned right here at the copper cup cafe. here today i got a first-hand taste of the split among evangelical voters. that was a subplot in this year's iowa campaign and a major obstacle to perry's comeback hopes. another obstacle is the other texan in the race, listen here, governor perry knows it. >> dr. paul is wrong on this issue. you can't make nice with -- >> in a moment, my exclusive one-on-one with governor perry. but first, other major news today, including this. sickening, sickening, no other way to describe it. penn state football coach mike mcqueary entered court today and said he believes he saw coach jerry sandusky molesting a boy in the showers. susan candiotti was in the courtroom and some of the testimony in her report here is quite graphic. >> reporter: it was his moment, mike mcqueary walked into court, took a deep breath and became the prosecution's star witness. he methodically described what he called a horrifying alleged 2002 sexual assault between jerry sand
colorado to northern texas. ten-foot-high snow drifts, winds of up to 50 miles an hour and frigid temperatures. got any holiday travel in the area? that's pretty much at a standstill. cnn meteorologist karen mcinnis joins us with the latest. karen, it seems like a huge storm. you saw the images, blizzard conditions span from colorado to kansas. how is the storm looking now? >> this was a very fast-moving system, and it has raced all the way from the four corners region and now plowing on into the central mississippi river valley. it's taking with it a lot of that moisture. and it's getting modified quite a bit. we're starting to see some of the thunderstorms erupt across the leading edge of this system. this is called the warm sector. on the northern edge of this, that's where we've seen the snow fall. but it really has moderated quite a bit. you're taking a look at some of the pictures, images coming out of kansas right around hayes, kansas, along interstate 70 going into and out of colorado along interstate 25 as well. and through wyoming, very difficult travel here where we did
possibilities from a state that we picked at random. this is washington. in texas, the dmv has just approved this. the cavalry hill plate depicting the site of jesus' crucifixion and the motto "one state under god." a group called the texas freedom network says the government shouldn't, and i quote, play favorites with faith. but defenders say freedom began with free expression for christians and everybody else. now i'm joined by the head of the legislative affairs for the liberty institute and also the president of the texas freedom network. thanks to you both for joining us. doing okay today? >> great. >> let's get this going. miss miller, your state has a plate that says "god bless texas" another one says "one nation under god," we have that one. you even have one that plugs a real estate company. so what's wrong with the cavalry plate? >> well, in this case, we really have a government body at least implying that they're promoting one faith over all others. and frankly, when you want to protect religious freedom, which is what my organization seeks to do, you want to avoid that at all co
. people trying to come together after that. >>> the supreme court has agreed to hear a challenge to texas's congressional redistricting plan. state republicans aren't real happy with the way a federal court redrew the map last month. that court was responding to a lawsuit filed on behalf of minority groups. the supreme court will hear that case in early january. >>> let's talk about newt gingrich. he says palestinians are an invented people. raising a lot of eyebrows this morning. he made the strong statement in an interview on the jewish channel. take a listen. >> i believe that the jewish people have the right to have a state and i believe that the commitments that were made at the time, remember, there was no palestine as a state. it was part of the ottoman empire. i think that we've had an invented palestinian people who are in fact asrabes. >>> he went on to say it's tragic they didn't leave instead sustaining a war against israel. he called the middle east peace process delusional. the comments were called, quote, the most racist statement i've ever seen. >>> those comments by gingr
this weekend to texas, instead of campaigning in iowa, add all of that up, it's clear why mitt romney is doing well in the state and why he may win on tuesday fight. >> thank you very much. >>> president obama is not letting the republican candidates have all the fun. he plans on getting into the act on the same day iowans cast the first vote. the president will address iowa democrats live on tuesday night. iowa then gave the then senator obama a big leg up when he won the caucuses there in 2008. >>> a lot of folks plan to travel today and party tonight. reynolds is here to tell us about the we're. hello. >> good to finally work with you. >> and in the same studio, how exciting. >> well, today our weather won't be too amazing, compared to last year. today it looks like it will be mild. you look along the eastern seaboard, scattered showers across parts of the northeast. residual snow showers in pennsylvania, but before the night is over, a great and mild pretty much day and evening in the northeast. plenty of sunshine, texas. the full scoop and what it will mean for your travel weather coming
are talking about parts of texas, new mexico and kansas especially hard hit. this is what it looked like in southwest kansas last night. close to a foot of snow coming down. alexandra is joining us in the cnn weather center for the storm, and it's going to be tough for people trying to travel on the holidays. >> suzanne, we talked about it yesterday. we talked about a foot of snow. i've got two feet to show you in new mexico. certainly the storm has delivered, but you know where it really has some legs left? a big picture left, still hard hit but hard hit also today. on i-40 between albuquerque and amarillo, a 200-mile stretch closed due to blizzard conditions right now. we'll talk about when things will get better. will this storm make its way to the east coast and bring snow? all of that coming up in a little bit. >>> former penn state coach joe paterno is out of a pennsylvania hospital. a source close to the family says that he was released friday. he had been there for a week recovering from a fractured hip. he also has lung cancer. now, paterno lost his coaching job at the height of
than it was this time yesterday. let's look at what's going on in texas. it's nice to see the rain down there. it's always beneficial after the worst drought ever this past season. we're getting rain working through the dallas area. st. angelo and houston getting wet weather along the gulf coast. san antonio certainly could use the rain, as well as austin. it's definitely been incredibly dry there. this will all be beneficial. further to the north, we're monitoring fog out there. for those of you driving, maybe trying to catch some early sales or head to the airport, a lot of people are flying. we're looking at dense fog in the west, as well as light glaze of ice. visibility less than a father of a mile. we saw this yesterday. so it's not as widespread today. it's something to keep in mind in west texas because the freezing fog. that's when you have fog and it freezes, pause the temperature's so cold. overall lots of sunshine, colder temperatures in the northeast, but not that cold. looking for a high today in boston of 40. i can tell you that a lot of residents there, i used to live th
problems? >> looks like we'll see some especially in the lone star state of texas where we have rain, sleet, even some snowfall. in speaking of snow, the big question a lot of people have is will we or will we not have a white christmas or is it going to be, well, quite frankly, one without snow? we'll have the answer coming up in a few moments plus we have a game day forecast to show you some of the big nfl games we'll have this weekend. what you as a fan can expect. >> all right, reynolds. we'll check in with you in a moment. thank you so much. meanwhile, fist fights. police using pepper spray, glass being smashed. these are shoppers doing all of this stuff. why? because they're after a pair of shoes. air jarodans. there it is. retro jordans re-released and people are kicking down doors and kicking each other to get them. stay with us. >>> coming up on eight minutes past the hour taking a look at news across the country. in aurora, colorado three firefighters had to be taken to the hospital after a chimney exploded. they were trying to put out flames inside a home and that back draft you
of several gop candidates who failed to qualify for that state's primary ballot in march, the texas governor is the first to file suit. he's challenging the constitutional validity of virginia's law requiring 10,000 petition signatures from across the commonwealth. if he doesn't succeed, virginia republicans will have a choice of two when they go to the polls, mitt romney or ron paul. >>> north korea gave its dear leader a send-off today as only north korea can. the casket bearing kim jong-il who died 11 days ago made its way for three hours through a snowy pyongyang as north koreans wailed from the sidewalks. accompanying his hearse for the first few blocks was son and heir apparent kim jong-un. later we'll get perspective on the world's most secretive state. >>> despite the presence of arab lead monitors on the ground in syria there have been more deadly clashes. observers in the besieged city of homs came under fire as they were shown victims that witnesses say were killed by government security forces. viewers may find some of these pictures disturbing. witnesses say arab lead monitors w
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to be a happy holiday trip for a texas mother and her children visiting family in mexico. but the mother and two of her children were caught in the crossfire of a drug cartel war. her children watched as they were gunned down on a bus. >>> and president obama is still on his holiday vacation in hawaii. in case you're wondering, it's 76 degrees there today. he's pretty much staying out of the public eye this week except for one official duty and it involved four seaters. we'll explain. >>> intense wailing and sobbing during today's funeral for north korea's kim jong-il. it was an epic sprawling three hour event. in the details of the ceremony signs avenue power structure, dr. john park a research fellow joins us now to discuss the funeral and of course north korea's future. thank you so much for joining us, dr. park. what did you glean from these images because it was an opportunity to see the new power structure. >> absolutely. there's two main things that really struck me. the first was you got to see the resemblance of what is the leadership structure. you saw it in a very physical manifestati
it then get ahold of the texas parks and wildlife service. they're going to investigate it and see what they can do. they've seen it on and off. there's an accidental release in 1988, then they disappeared. all the sudden they came back in 2006. >> that is fascinateding and very odd too. an odd problem. >> you think shrimp is a good thing. not necessarily. >> not in this case. all right. thank y thanks, jackie. see you later. >>> meantime, the war in iraq is declared officially over. that doesn't mean the problems that have come from it are over. american veterans, many of them women, dealing with their combat experience every single day. their stories and what's being done to help them, next. welcome to idaho, where they grow america's favorite potatoes. everyone knows idaho potatoes taste great. but did you know they're good for you too? they're high in vitamins and potassium. and idaho potatoes are now certified to carry the heart checkmark from the american heart association for foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol. so they're good for my family, and for yours. heart smart ida
. lisa. >>> hi, candy. please in grapevine, texas, a killer called 911 to report he was shooting people. authorities say they didn't understand his words at first. the man dressed in a santa shoot shot and killed six members of his family and killed himself on christmas morning. a quick warning before we play the newly released 911 recording it's both difficult to understand and disturbing to hear. >> hello, grapevine 911. do you need help? are you sick? what was that? do you need an ambulance or police? hello? >>> in other news, you may remember the 2008 crash when a marine jet plunged into a house in san diego. the pilot ejected safely, but the crash killed two women and two children in the home. now the judge just ordered the government to pay nearly $18 million to man who lost his family. he says he harbors no ill will to the marine corps or the pilot who he said did all they could. >>> finally here's a story you can sink your teeth into if you're in japan. wendies at a japanese company just announced a joint venture to open about 100 restaurants. in addition to the familiar frostie
. >>> the christmas day murder/suicide in grapevine, texas. we're "outfront" tonight. man on tv: ...rbis and 36 homers. swings at the first pitch and fouls it deep back into the stands. [ding] [fans whirring] announcer: chill raw and prepared foods promptly. one in 6 americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. check your steps at foodsafety.gov. >>> police release the haunting 911 call from the christmas day murder/suicide in grapevine, texas, that took the lives of seven family members. in it, the gunman who had dressed up as santa claus is heard whispering about the rampage. >> hello, grapevine, 911. >> help me. help me. >> you need help? >> are you sick? >> i'm shooting people. >> do you need an ambulance or police? hello? one moment. >> he was said to have been marital and financial problems opened fire on his estranged wife, his teenage children, his wife's sister, her husband and his niece before turning the gun on himself. in fact, just 30 minutes before the 911 call was made his niece sent this text message to a friend. i'm going to quote it. so we're here. we just got here and my u
of the candidates will be here in iowa. you've got santorum, bachmann, texas governor rick perry. in south carolina, you've got mitt romney. in virginia, newt gingerich and his wife will be sign something books, one of her new children's books. and in new hampshire, you have john puntsman. so only a few weeks away, a lot of activity. it's important for these candidates to get out there and stump. >> shannon travis, thank you, as always. >>> you can join fredericka witfield here every sunday for an entire hour dedicated to the presidential contenders in the 2012 race. >>> out of capitol hill, just finished up some work for the end of the year. a big vote just took place moments ago. kate baldwin is on capitol hill for us. this is the vote that could save people money at the beginning of the year, at least keep them from seeing a tax increase at the beginning of the year. >> chat is absolutely right. the senate passed an extension of the payroll tax cut, but only a two-month extension. we'll get a little bit more to that in a second, t.j. i do want to bring you the latest on the massive spending bill
than seven inches in jensen beach. that's quite a delouge there and rain in texas. that's a good thing. we are talking san antonio. we are talking the drought-rid wr en state of texas. dry enon record for san antonio. still down more than 15 inches. same story in austin. deficit is more than 17 inches. so nice, to get a little rain in texas today. >> we are in this studio -- >> we're not complaining. >> not complaining. i feel like we are back in local news. live, local, late breaking. >> any office is right down the hall. >> i can't even sneeze or ask anyone for anything, because you are right here. we are under a temporary studio, by the way. thanks, see flu a bit. >> former penn state assistant coach jerry sandusky is about to come face-to-face with his accusers. coming up, defense attorney holly hughs joins us for this dramatic development. but first -- take two boomers. both out of work. add in, love of food, and have you a career reinvention. christine romans takes a look at starting over and starting a business after 50. >> eating is a very emotional thing. >> now a lively hood.
if not impossible across much of the region tomorrow. texas and oklahoma are expecting up to 15 inches of snow. >>> so we begin our political hour with some key endorsements for republican presidential candidate mitt romney. the latest comes from former gop presidential nominee bob dole. dole announced his choice in an advertisement in today's des moines register. he says he's the best candidate suited to beat president obama in 2012. dole's public backing comes a day after the des moines paper announced its support for romney. the state's largest newspaper says the former massachusetts governor is the most qualified candidate competing in the caucuses. >>> the conservative christian group the family leader is expected to release its endorsement in the next 24 hours. cnn political reporter shannon travis joins us from des moines. any word on who the family leader will be supporting? >> reporter: yeah, fred. no firm word on who the family lead will endorse yet or whether it will endorse. it is important to note that sources tell me they're deadlocked now between four candidates essentially. mic
's going to be a brown christmas for many tree farmers in texas. their record-breaking drought dried up thousands of christmas trees and texas received less than 11 inches of rain. now the once green firs are wilted and dead. many are importing trees from other states. still ahead, megachurch pastor eddie long stepping away. >>> the united postal service wants to do away with next day letters that you send. >>> atlanta's megachurch pastor eddie long taking time off but says he's not stepping down. the surprise announcement only case after his wife files for divorce. >>> and good morning, this is your "a.m. wake-up call" for monday, december 5th, i'm christine romans, carol has the morning off. four weeks from tomorrow, four weeks if tomorrow the first votes of the 2012 campaign will be cast by a real honest to goodness voters in the iowa caucuses. looks like newt gingrich is on top. in new hampshire whose primary is the next week, romney is on top but it's getting closer. and in politics a few weeks can be a lifetime. >>> took a cherry picker and a forklift but a day-long standoff betwe
his campaign's negative ads. >>> also -- gingrich says he won't vote for ron paul if the texas congressman wins the republican nomination. >>> plus -- a frightening day at country's biggest shopping mall and nothing to keep from happening the a mall near you. >>> first in iowa, the skating criticism newt gingrich levelled at two of his republican opponents, mitt romney and ron paul. just a short time ago wolf blitzer asked gingrich about the barrage of attack ads both romney and paul are running in iowa. republican voters caucus exactly one week from tonight. listen to some of what newt gingrich had to say about mitt romney. >> mitt romney made fun of you today. i don't know if you heard. >> no. >> about the virginia snafu and all of that. i'll play the clip, watch this. >> okay. >> you know, i -- i think you compare that to pearl harbor. i think it's more like lucille ball at the chocolate factory. so i mean, you've got to get it organized. >> he was referring to a statement that your campaign manager said this was like pearl harbor. you've learned from it and it's not going t
have a lot to share with you and that all has happened happens in texas. one huge thorough fare is the i-20 corridor. if you're taking off going from dallas to el paso. when you get things started in dallas, what have you got? scattered showers. you're driving through the clouds, windshield wipers going crazy. then right to the point of abilene, you have an area with thursday at or below the freezing point. below 32 degrees, that twitches over to snow. take a look for that. over to abilene. now, in terms of aum calculation was we had hour we had up to. inches of snow. not going to be ta big of a deal. traveling around tl texas, that will be the biggest travel trouble spot in the nation. dallas, ft. worth, maybe going to san antonio or a flight in houston. that storm system is going to drive its way to the east, eventually moving into places like new orleans. not saying severe thunderstorms, but certainly heavy rainfall. lake-effect snow fall. the northern plains, high temperatures of 42 degrees in kansas city, 39 in minneapolis, 50 in seattle, 70 in los angeles. 37 in albuquerqu
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